University of Oregon

Cross-Border Interviewing and Story Development in Rosario

Program Overview

The interview is intimate, immediate, and often an entrée to the soul. Conducting interviews can be both great fun and an art form. The interview is a critical tool for journalists, and every human interaction constitutes a form of interview. This class is designed to improve and professionalize students’ interviewing skills, from the art of posing questions to the critical task of listening actively and creatively to answers.

In this course, you will not just learn to interview. You will learn how to cross national, cultural and linguistic barriers while securing sought after information via the interview. Therefore, taking these courses in a Spanish-speaking city in the heart of Argentina, provides various venues for fieldwork. You will help choose and secure your interview subjects, and the interviewing processes and resulting stories you create will be presented, analyzed, and critiqued in class. In addition to the primary text, excerpts of model interviews will be studied as will the techniques used to secure them. You will also learn how to interview through language barriers without formal translators. You will learn how language barriers can work to the interviewer’s advantage (and how to avoid interview problems created by language barriers). You will learn why words are not the only tool for interviews.

Additionally, you will complete major contextualized final assignments based on your fieldwork and be guided towards options for their publication.

Academic Details

Courses will be taught by Professor Peter Laufer from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Each course is specially designed to take advantage of the rich opportunities that Argentina offers as a classroom. Courses make use of a variety of materials and texts, all of which are provided as part of the program fee. 

Though courses will be taught in English, one of the key elements of these courses is learning to transcend language barriers. To that end, you will receive specific training in interview techniques that do not require a common language between interviewee and interviewer. The courses will be supplemented with Spanish language study (basic and intermediate levels) and relevant field excursions.

Students who wish to extend their international experience will have the option of pursuing a four-week internship with an international organization (pending language proficiency) or a faculty-supervised independent research project.

Faculty and Staff

Peter Laufer is an award-winning author, broadcaster, documentarian and journalist. He has studied and taught throughout the world—Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. He sent home reports on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the wars in Central America for NBC Radio, reported for CBS Radio as the Berlin Wall fell, and chased butterflies in Nicaragua for his book The Dangerous World of Butterflies. An accomplished author of over a dozen well-reviewed books, Laufer writes on borders, migration and identity along with animal rights. He also reported, wrote and produced several documentaries while an NBC News correspondent, ranging in topics from the crises facing Vietnam War veterans to illiteracy and hunger in America, and a study of Americans incarcerated overseas, for which he won the George Polk Award.


Housing Description

Living with an Argentine host family provides you with the opportunity to learn about Argentine ways of life, further language proficiency and discover rich cultural traditions in Rosario. Many cherish the homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of studying abroad, and often times remain lifelong friends with their host family well after returning home. Host families are carefully screened and provide quality, comfortable accommodations in the downtown area offering you the opportunity to improve your Spanish language and skills by participating in family, community, cultural and recreational activities. Placements include families with children as well as single women and couples with older children who no longer live at home. You will have your own room. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the homestay, and during the week lunch will be served at a restaurant close to the university.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineApplication/Deposit DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer 201702/15/201703/15/201706/22/201708/03/2017

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.